India's Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched by PM Modi on January 16, Saturday. Reactions from politicos across the country started pouring in soon after the launch. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the vaccine will work as 'sanjeevani' in the fight against Covid-19. Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat praised the vaccine drive. Leaders of various states and UTs also hailed the Covid vaccination drive. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged people not to pay heed to rumours over vaccine. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio expressed satisfaction and hope over the drive. Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said it was a 'moment of hope and honour'. Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering also congratulated PM Modi and the people of the country for the 'landmark' launch.
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Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal on January 16 appealed people not to pay heed to rumours as the experts have said that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe. He said, "8,100 people will get the vaccine at 81 vaccination centres in Delhi. I appeal to the people not to pay heed to rumours. Experts have said that the vaccines are safe," Delhi CM after witnessing vaccine administration at LNJP hospital.
Additional Secretary of Health Ministry Manohar Agnani informed that a total of 580 adverse events were reported post-vaccination drive. He said, "A cumulative of 580 Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFIs) has been reported. Of which 7 have been hospitalised."
Delhi Police has arrested six Rohingyas from Anand Vihar Railway Station after receiving inputs about their arrival in the national capital from Tripura by a special train on January 06. DCP (East) Deepak Kumar said, "On January 6, we received information that some suspected Rohingyas were coming to Delhi from Tripura by a special train. The train was to reach Anand Vihar Railway Station. A team was deployed there and 6 Myanmar nationals were detained based on suspicion. They were interrogated and sent to the detention centre as or the order of FRRO. An FIR has been registered in this case and investigation is underway."
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the 'Burn and Plastic Surgery' block at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi on January 18. “It is a matter of joy for AIIMS family as a golden chapter has been added to its development. An exclusive state of the art department for burns and plastic surgery has been added. All facilities related to burns and plastic surgery will be available here,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan. He added, “Nearly 70 lakh people across the country are victim of burns per year. Out of these, nearly 1.4 lakh people succumb to death. Roughly, every four minutes, one person dies due to burns.” Dr Harsh Vardhan also congratulated AIIMS Director, Dr Randeep Guleria and Burn and Plastic Surgery Block Head, Maneesh Singhal for their efforts. Watch the full video for more.
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AAP MLA Somnath Bharti was arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli on Monday. He was arrested for allegedly making derogatory remarks against CM Yogi Adityanath. This came shortly after a man threw ink at the AAP leader as he was leaving a guest house. The events were slammed by AAP, which alleged that Bharti was first attacked and then framed. Bharti had reached Rae Bareli on Sunday night to inspect its state-run primary schools. He was stopped by the police when he was leaving the guest house on Monday morning. The MLA from Delhi's Malviya Nagar has been sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court in Sultanpur.
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Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Delhi's Malviya Nagar, Somnath Bharti has been sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court in Sultanpur. He was arrested in connection with his alleged remarks on hospitals and government in UP. Somnath Bharti's advocate Santosh Kumar Pandey said, "An FIR was lodged under IPC 153 and 505, in both these sections, there is punishment up to 3 years. We requested the court to reject the demand but the court denied. He has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days."
Black ink was thrown at Aam Aadmi Party MLA Somnath Bharti on January 11 in Raebareli. Bharti was headed to inspect government schools in the district when the attack took place. An FIR has also been registered against Somnath Bharti in Amethi for his alleged derogatory statement about the condition of hospitals in Uttar Pradesh. The alleged right-wing activist was upset with Bharti's remark and also lashed abuses at him. Bharti also got involved in a heated argument with police officials when an alleged right-wing activist threw ink on him. After the incident, Bharti was detained in the guest house itself. The youth who threw ink on Bharti managed to escape.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal commented on the impending launch of mass immunisation against Covid-19. India will begin vaccinations on January 16. Vaccines are being shipped to various centres..
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